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Curriculum & Instruction

31 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
15,387 Master's Degrees Annually
#302 in Popularity
$67,490 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Curriculum & Instruction Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many curriculum and instruction graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 15,447
Doctor’s Degree 1,447
Graduate Certificate 1,050
Bachelor’s Degree 31
Basic Certificate 2

What Curriculum & Instruction Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to curriculum and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Curriculum Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Curriculum Majors

curriculum majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Curriculum Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a curriculum student include the following:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Curriculum & Instruction Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with curriculum:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Instructional Coordinators 10.5% $64,450
Instructional Designers and Technologists 10.5% $64,450

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction?

31 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
74% Percent Women
26% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 31 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2018, making it rank #302 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 74% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of curriculum majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Curriculum Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 4
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 20
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 4

How Much Do Curriculum & Instruction Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that curriculum and instruction students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $38,300 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $37,750 (25th percentile) and $47,600 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to curriculum so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Curriculum majors often go into careers with median salaries of $67,490. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with curriculum may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for curriculum careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 25.4%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.0%
Master’s Degree 62.4%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 6.0%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 2.3%
Doctoral Degree 0.1%

Online Curriculum & Instruction Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 492 schools offered some type of curriculum and instruction program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 2 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 45 19
Post-Baccalaureate 2 0
Master’s Degree 433 180
Post-Master’s 61 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 139 22
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 3 1

Is a Degree in Curriculum & Instruction Worth It?

The median salary for a curriculum grad is $67,490 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 69% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $551,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to curriculum.

Major Number of Grads
Teacher Education Grade Specific 99,840
Educational Administration 44,405
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,242
General Education 31,485
Special Education 31,128
Student Counseling 14,228
Instructional Media Design 6,846
Teaching English or French 5,766
Other Education 5,558
Teaching Assistants 1,900
Multilingual Education 1,510
Educational Assessment 1,322
Education Philosophy 564
International Education 443

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